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FR Tower fire: ACC approves charge sheet against owner Faruque, 4 others

  • Published at 05:16 pm October 29th, 2019
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Emergency services combat the fire at a commercial building in Banani that severely lacked firefighting capacities in this photo taken Thursday, March 28, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

A devastating fire engulfed FR Tower on March 27, leaving 25 people dead

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved the charge sheet filed against five people in connection with using faulty building design and violating building codes in Banani's FR Tower in Dhaka. 

The commission approved the charg sheet at its regular meeting held at the commission’s headquarters in the city on Tuesday, said ACC public relation officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

The accused are - landowner of Banani’s FR Tower Hossain Imam Faruque, Rupayan Group Chairman Liaquat Ali Khan, former chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) Humayun Khadem, Rajuk chief engineer Saidur Rahman, and Rajuk Authorised Officer Mokbul Hossain.

A devastating fire engulfed several floors of the FR Tower on March 27, leaving 25 people dead and 73 others injured. 

During investigation, ACC found that the 23-storey FR Tower had no fire alarm system in place, had narrow exit points and staircases, and fire exits were blocked. The building authorities had legally obtained permission for a 15-storey structure but they made FR Tower a 23-storey high rise building over time. 

Earlier on June 25, ACC filed two cases against 23 people, including the FR Tower owners and two chairmen of Rajuk, for their alleged involvement in illegally extending Banani’s FR Tower beyond the permitted number of floors.

On July 30, ACC arrested Rajuk Assistant Director Shah Md Badrul Alam in connection with the case.

ACC arrested Faruque from Dhaka’s Gulshan area, however, the court granted him on August 19, considering his age and health.

The anti graft watchdog arrested Tasvirul Islam, one of the owners of FR Tower and chairman of Quasem Industries Ltd in Dhaka's Segunbagicha, on August 18 but Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court granted him bail.